I had an excellent 13 mile run today.
Last week’s 13 mile run was so hard and all I could think about during the run was to count down the miles. It was really bad.
Today, I knew I would take at least 2 hours to finish, so I purposely ran in a way that I didn’t know how far I had gone, and waited for 2 hours to check my mileage. I was relaxed and really enjoyed running and not thinking of mileage. At the 2 hour mark, I looked at my phone and had less then a mile to go.
So I ran my long run at a 30 second faster pace and felt good at the end. I was tired and could feel it in my legs, but I really felt good. So for the second week in a row I’ve run exactly 45.7 miles and this week was at a 30 second faster pace overall.
Finally I ran 163 miles for the month – the best mileage in 18 months and it was on a short month.
Next week is a recovery week, so I get to cut my mileage by about 20%. In a way I wish I could keep my mileage up, but I’m trying to run smarter and my 52 year old body needs some rest so I don’t get hurt.
Running is beginning to get fun again.